You must try harder, Mr Blunkett

13th April 2001 at 01:00
The Mirror

Education Secretary David Blunkett makes much of a minute improvement in the pupil-teacher ratio in secondary schools.

It's such a small improvement that most parents will not have even noticed. The fact is that after four years in power, Labour has not made much progress in improving state schools.

Mr Blunkett can spin statistics util he is giddy, but the voters remain largely unimpressed. State education in Britain still needs a revolution, although it won't be achieved until every school can offer classes of fewer than 25 pupils.

The Government is moving in the right direction. But in the damning comment found on many a school report - could do better.Leader, April 7

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